|A moth perches on daisies in front of the Education Center at the North Carolina Arboretum|
In mid-June, while motoring through the Southern Appalachian Mountains, I discovered the North Carolina Arboretum, located a short distance from my route. I spent part of my morning there ambling through the gardens.
The Arboretum charges a per vehicle fee which is waived for members. As I am not a member and was traveling alone, my admission fee was in effect $12 - several dollars more than I expected to pay.
Yet, after visiting, I'd do it again - and allow more time for exploring. The property includes 65 acres of cultivated gardens and more than 10 miles of hiking trails - far too much ground to cover in less than two hours. I did have time, however, to stop by the Heritage Garden, the Quilt Garden, the Stream Garden, the Bonsai Exhibition Garden, and the Plants of Promise Garden.
|The Quilt Garden|
|Hydrangea maculata "Lisbelle"|
|Shade loving Hosta "Allen P. McConnell"|
|Spiky shapes and shadows add interest|
|Plant markers identify species|
|A soothing waterfall fountain|
|Wisteria vines wind up tree|
|Education Center porch|
|Daisies galore at the Entrance Plaza|
|Shade loving plants grow in front of the Baker Exhibit Center|
|I'm a huge fan of Japanese maples|
On my way back to the Interstate, I stopped by the Eden Brothers warehouse and went a little crazy buying seeds. That's what happens when a gardener leaves paradise.
|The North Carolina Arboretum|
For more information, visit the North Carolina Arboretum's website: http://www.ncarboretum.org.